Ozzy Osbourne Talks Final World Tour And Craziest Experiences With Guitarist Zakk Wylde
Everyone says goodbye in one way or another, but musicians generally get the chance for a final “farewell” on stage. In 2018, musicians Elton John, Paul Simon and Lynyrd Skynyrd plan to hit the road for the last time, but Ozzy Osbourne has also indicated this year will be his final world tour.
The Prince of Darkness said his No More Tours 2 run will be a two-year conclusion trek across the globe. In some interviews, he has said that this is only his final world tour, but he’ll still do the occasional performance here and there. Specifically, this will be the final tour for his solo career.
Last year, Ozzy Osbourne said farewell with his Black Sabbeth co-founders Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. In the past, he’s also got a history of coming out of retirement, similar to Michael Jordan. In 1992, he launched the No More Tours event only to come back in 1995 with a Retirement Sucks Tour.
But, this time, he swears he’s finally done with the global events.
Ozzy Osbourne Talks True Farewell Tour
“Okay, but let’s be clear about what this really is,” he said. “This isn’t a real ‘farewell’ tour. I keep saying that to people—I’m not retiring. I’m not just going to tour the world anymore [and] I’ll still do gig occasionally. Maybe I’ll do a Vegas thing or something. But I’m not going away forever or anything,” he told Guitar World.
Generally speaking, farewell tours often revolve around advancing age or health issues, which has recently plagued Eric Clapton. In another example, Neil Diamon also announced his retirement after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Osbourne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but it turned out to be false.
Therefore, Ozzy claims he’s feeling okay and there aren’t any medical issues. Instead, he just wants to make the most of his life. “You have to understand, I’ve always been on the road,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for 50 years. I never saw my kids grow up—I was like a fair-weather father.”
The musician wants to spend more time with his grandkids from Jack. “I used to go away for long spells and come home for short spells. Now I want to reverse that,” said the rocker.